Hillsborough County has temporarily closed some parks and preserves because they are flooded after one of the wettest Julys on record.
: Several county parks and preserves, including the Lithia Springs swimming area and two canoe launches were shut down ► ◄ Monday, officials said. Some of the preserves likely won’t reopen until October.
Here’s a list of preserve entrances that are closed:
--Pam Callahan Preserve, 5750 Memorial Highway in Tampa
--Cypress Creek Preserve, 3298 Robertson Trail in Lutz and all areas north of Freedom High School
--Lake Frances Preserve, 11009 Tarpon Springs Road ► in Odessa ◄ and 10339 Woodstock Road in Odessa
--Lake Dan Preserve, 19136-B Tyler Road in Odessa
--Double Branch Bay Preserve, 11382, ► W. Hillsborough Ave. (eastern gate) in Tampa; ◄ 11912 ► W. Hillsborough Ave. (middle gate) in Tampa; ◄ and 12460 W. Hillsborough Ave. ► (western gate) ◄ in Tampa
--Florida College Preserve, 9514 Woodland Ridge Drive in Temple Terrace
--Town and Country Preserve, 8304 Montague St. in Tampa
--Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve, 6440 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road in Lutz; 18102 Ramblewood Road (public parking area) in Lutz; 17917 Brown Road in Odessa; and 18011 Ramblewood Road (gate on east side of road) in Lutz
--Rocky Creek Coastal Preserve (except for offshore areas), 8899 S. Lagoon St. in Tampa; and 5120 Troydale Road in Tampa.
Two regional parks also were affected:
--Lithia Springs Park’s swimming area and canoe launch, 3932 Lithia Springs Road in Lithia.
Signs have been posted and the staff is on duty to monitor the situation. Patrons can still camp, picnic and use the playground.
--Alderman’s Ford Park’s canoe launch area, 9625 Canoe Launch Loop in Lithia.
For additional information on the preserves, call (813) 264-8513 and for regional parks, (813) 744-5572.